The supercomputers at the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center have crunched long-term trends to produce an outlook for June, July and August. For most of the Northwest, the forecast gives a strong probability of above-normal temperatures.
Pteropods - tiny, delicate snails also known as sea butterflies - are a key part of the marine food web. And new research indicates they are dissolving to a greater extent than previously thought.
A federal agency is weighing whether to protect endangered orcas in the waters off the West Coast.
Two scientists who responded to the Exxon Valdez spill talk about the impacts, then and now, of Alaska's tragic oil spill.
Steelhead are disappearing once they leave their spawning rivers in the Puget Sound region. One scientist is hot on their tails in search of clues.
On Monday scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will begin a one-month expedition to investigate ocean acidification along the U.S. West Coast.
Jane Lubchenco’s background as a biology professor proved helpful during her four years as the head of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. Take, for instance, the time she helped a member of Congress learn where TV weather forecasters get their weather forecasts.
Biologists are gaining new information about the winter movements of endangered Puget Sound killer whales by tracking the daily activities of one orca.
Former Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco announced her resignation Wednesday as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She was the first woman to oversee the federal agency.
Environmentalists, irrigators, and other stakeholders in the Northwest are being offered an expanded role in shaping the long-term recovery plan for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin.
Scientists are using suction tags to gain access to the secret underwater lives of Puget Sound's endangered orcas, and find out how vessel traffic might be affecting them.
A new report brings together data collected from all around the Sound in 2011. It’s got information on river inputs, seawater temperature, salinity, nutrients, dissolved oxygen, ocean acidification, phytoplankton, biotoxins, bacteria, pathogens, shellfish…. Whew… we turn to Stephanie Moore, the lead editor, for more.
A new report out today stops short of determining what caused the death of a young female orca that washed up near Long Beach, Wash. The scientists who produced it for a federal agency come up with new details about the whale's trauma, bruising and hemhorraging, and lack of broken bones.
The Obama Administration's plans to streamline the Commerce Department include moving NOAA -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -- from Commerce to the Department of Interior. EarthFix's Ashley Ahearn turns to Chris Mann, of the Pew Environmental Group, for some perspective on what this move could mean for the future of the agency known as the foremost source of information on fisheries, weather and atmospheric research.
It’s been almost a year since a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan triggered a tsunami. The Japanese government estimated that up to 25 million tons of debris washed into the Pacific Ocean. Now that debris may be starting to make landfall along US coasts.
A judge ruled Monday the federal government followed sound science when it called for stricter regulation of three common insecticides in Northwest salmon streams. The case underscores that recent science suggests that even in low concentrations, the chemicals may damage salmon and steelhead's sense of smell.
A federal advisory group recommended Monday that Washington and Oregon kill up to 85 California sea lions at the Bonneville Dam to protect salmon and steelhead spring runs.
Scientists want to know more about how river otters transfer marine nutrients to the forest ecosystem. The Elwha watershed is the perfect laboratory, with its population of otters ready to prey on upriver salmon once a dam-removal project is complete. (Undamming the Elwha: Part II)
The Elwha River flows from the heart of Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. But unlike other rivers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, you won’t find salmon beyond the Elwha's first five miles because it’s been dammed for nearly a century. Big change is coming to the Elwha, though, when the world's biggest dam removal begins there next month. (Undamming the Elwha: Part I)
Federal Judge James Redden rejects the federal governments' third version of a plan to meet the Endangered Species Act standards for protecting imperiled salmon as they navigate turbines and past eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
The lethal removal of salmon-gobbling sea lions at a Columbia River dam isn't happening right now, but with litigation underway and Congress considering a rewrite of the laws, a federal agency decides to permanently withdraw the states' authority to take out these marine mammals.